By TERRI HALLENBECK @TERRIVT
- ADAM VANDERMINDEN
- Annette Smith in her home office
When Annette Smith got notice from the Vermont Attorney General’s Office that she was under investigation for practicing law without a license, she filed a public records request asking for all related documents.
Almost 600 pages later, the 59-year-old executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment posted everything she received and alerted the media. Against the advice of lawyers, she kept talking publicly about a case that could have gotten her fined — or jailed.
That’s how Smith does business: She’s fearless, thorough and unorthodox.
“I am not pretending to be a lawyer,” she asserted. “It’s VCE’s mission to help raise the voices of communities, so they can have more say in the process.” Continue reading
By JOHN DILLON • 2 HOURS AGO
Attorney General Bill Sorrell has closed a closed a criminal investigation into allegations that environmental activist Annette Smith has practiced law without a license.
Smith has helped local residents challenge solar and wind projects planned for their communities. The Associated Press reported that the complaint against her was made by a law firm hired by David Blittersdorf, a prominent renewable energy developer.
Smith has helped Northeast Kingdom residents challenge Blittersdorf’s solar and wind projects. The developer’s law firm served her with a no-trespass order, and filed public records requests with the towns of Morgan and Irasburg as part of its investigation of the activist.
The attorney general’s office said Monday that it had examined the claims against Smith and decided to take no action. Continue reading